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Curtin defends rural medicine stance

Curtin University has rejected suggestions that its planned medical school will increase pressure on clinical placements and fail to deliver more rural and regional doctors. Professor Jill Downie, pro-vice chancellor of health sciences at Curtin, said that claims by the Australian ...

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Casual staff and academic freedom

The growing use of contract and casual staff in higher education globally raises public interest issues, and a crucial one is academic freedom, says an international education expert. David Robinson, the associate executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers ...

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Melbourne lifestyle wins but at a price

It might be one of the best cities in the world to be a student, according to international rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds, but Melbourne is not all it’s cracked up to be say some residents. Melbourne was beaten only by Paris, ...

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Deliver quality, or don’t take the money

A leading private provider talks about his concern about funds flowing to inappropriate providers In recent months Skills Victoria’s experimentation with market-based VET funding has been questioned in this column by tertiary education minister, Chris Evans, the National Party Minister ...

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TEQSA assumes full powers

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) can now bring its full powers to bear on the sector, but its chief commissioner says wielding a big stick is not the goal. TEQSA assumed its full regulatory functions on January ...

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Deregulation has a price

As our campuses begin to welcome the new cohort of students for 2012, tertiary education managers are assessing the dawn of the demand-driven system. Initially the impacts of the new system are likely to be modest as universities monitor their ...

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Shaping up to jump TEQSA’s bar

There may be some angst on campuses as institutions gear up to meet the new regulatory deemands. Federal ministers Greg Combet and Chris Evans have now registered the TEQSA Threshold Standards, as required under the TEQSA act. These standards are ...

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One body to rule them all

How the  new national regulator TEQSA uses its power will be all important The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 becomes fully operational on January 29. Higher education providers throughout Australia will become subject to regulation by the ...

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New focus for Go8 and UA

Two of higher education’s peak representative bodies, Universities Australia and the Group of Eight, are entering 2012 under new leadership and with a new focus on co-operation. UA chief executive Dr Glenn Withers, who has held the job since the ...

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